Composite Material Training
Our 2-day course takes attendees out of the classroom and into the workshop, where they will gain first-hand experience of composites processing and testing.
In addition to the classroom-based modules, which are the same as those on our 1-day course, our 2-day course also includes the following practical modules:
£1000 + VAT*
The course aims to provide a gentle but thorough introduction to composite materials - how they work, how they are made, what they are used for, and what advantages (and disadvantages) they can bring. This includes a number of "hands-on" sessions in which delegates will mould simple components under the guidance of our experienced staff using a variety of different production techniques. By the end of the course, all attendees will understand the basics of what a composite material is, what ingredients go into making a composite and how composite materials are converted into finished parts. Introductions to wider aspects such as market segments, repair and design are also covered.
The course is suitable for anyone that is looking for a comprehensive introduction to composite materials. This includes, for example, designers who are familiar with metals but who want to understand how composites differ, new starters in the composites industry, existing composites staff in non-technical roles (e.g. sales, marketing, human resources, etc.) who want to learn the "language" of composites so they can communicate more effectively with colleagues and customers, and interested outsiders who would like to learn more about the composites industry and the opportunities it provides. The practical hands-on sessions provide an excellent means of reinforcing the classroom content by putting theory into practice.
The course assumes no prior knowledge of composites, nor necessarily any scientific or technical background. The modular structure of the training allows us to start with the very basics, and then build upon that foundation to a level of detail appropriate to the audience. For the practical sessions, full personal protective equipment is provided.
In addition to the classroom-based modules from our 1-day course, the two day course contains the following practical content:
Hand lay-up is one of the most straightforward methods of producing a composite part. Delegates will lay-up a curved part using glass chopped strand mat and polyester resin. In doing so they will cover aspects such as tool preparation, gel-coats, resin cure, and techniques for properly wetting-out fibres with resin to reduce dry-spots and porosity.
Prepreg compression moulding is used to produce high quality, high-performance parts. Delegates will lay-up a composite laminate from carbon-epoxy prepreg, which will then be consolidated in a heated press. Aspects covered include tool preparation, release films, the importance of orientation in lay-up, and heated cure cycles.
Delegates will prepare a composite part for vacuum infusion, a process by which liquid resin is drawn through dry fibres by the application of a vacuum. This includes the use of peel plies, flow media, vacuum bags, sealants and vacuum pumps.
Resin transfer moulding (RTM) is a closed-mould process in which liquid resin is pumped into a sealed, metal tool. Delegates will manufacture a glass-reinforced epoxy laminate using RTM.
Delegates will be shown two aspects of testing: (i) mechanical testing, such as tensile testing, flexural testing and impact testing, to determine the stiffness and strength of a composite part; and (ii) material characterisation techniques, such as dynamic mechanical analysis and differential scanning calorimetry, to determine key properties of resins such as cure characteristics and glass transition temperatures.
The addition of small quantities of nanoscale particulates, such as nanoclays, carbon nanotubes, nanographite and graphene can be an effective means of modifying the properties of a polymer matrix composite. Mechanical properties, thermal properties, electrical properties and fire performance can all be enhanced through the selective addition of nanoparticles. However, this is an emerging technical area and challenges remain, particularly in terms of ensuring uniform nanoparticulate dispersion in up-scaled composite manufacturing. This module provides an introduction to nanocomposites, including the materials, their processing and the achievable improvements in performance. It is aimed at people who already have a basic understanding or polymer composite materials.
The modular structure means we can mix-and-match the training content to your requirements
All of our trainers bring years of composites experience to the classroom
When we're not training, we're working at the cutting edge of composite materials
Small groups allow plenty of opportunity for questions and discussion
You'll receive a hard copy of the training notes for future reference
Let us know if you have any special dietary requirements
Our 2-day course takes attendees out of the classroom and into the workshop, where they will gain first-hand experience of composites processing and testing. In addition to the classroom-based modules, which are the same as those on our 1-day course, our 2-day course also includes the following practical modules: Hand lay-up Prepreg compression moulding Vacuum […]
Price£1000 + VAT*
DurationTwo-day course structured over 7 modules with practical elements.
LocationCoventive Head Office, Chesterfield, UK
Tue, 20th - Wed, 21st November 2018
Average Rating: 4.67 from 18 reviews.
100% would recommend our training courses to a colleague and 94.44% rated this course with 4 or 5 stars.
Wide overview of composite processes. Well organised = well done!
Very good overview of many aspects of the process & materials, split in to easily understandable chunks. Explanation of all terminology was excellent.
The [hands-on] experience of different processes was very useful and interesting.
[Overall], the training was well paced with a clear delivery.
Very informative and builds knowledge at a steady pace.
Theory and practical combined in multi-industrial clients.
Both practical and classroom [are] great for an introduction to composites.
Very good overview.
It's great to have "classroom lessons" as well as practical parts. A lot of sample were shown, also in the theoretical part.
Pitched at a good level, good mix of classroom & practical - engaging, good handouts/notes. All presenters very knowledgable, friendly and approachable. They considered and answered all questions well. Thank you!
Good overall training from beginner to advanced.
Valuable content delivered well. The presenter's level of knowledge and ability to answer questions was brilliant, especially for the practical modules.
A great approach to composites and basic understanding to it.
It provides a good overview over composite materials, properties and production.
A good introduction to composites. An interesting couple of days thank you!
Excellent overview, highly relevant introduction to those new to the industry.
Very good for people new to the industry.